Danny Mills has claimed the suspension of fixtures could work in favour of Leeds United with Adam Forshaw and Jean Kevin-Augustin to return from injury.
However, the former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted Forshaw can come back into the squad this season despite a long-lay off.
The 28-year-old has not featured for United since injuring his hip in an away defeat to Charlton in September.
Whereas Augustin is still waiting to make his first start since arriving on loan from RB Leipzig in January.
The 22-year-old has been limited to just three substitute appearances, having struggled to acclimatise to the fitness levels demanded by Marcelo Bielsa.
When asked whether Forshaw would be better saved until next season given his lengthy lay-off, Mills told Football Insider: “If he is available I expect him to come back in.
“Some players will pick up little niggles because they have not played for a while and there will be a chance for players who are coming back from long-term injury.
“With injuries, you win some you lose some. This break could turn out to be a win for Leeds with Forshaw and Augustin currently injured. Some clubs will have players back fit and available and others will feel aggrieved because they have lost momentum.
“But everybody is in the same boat. It is now how you deal with it mentally.”
Forshaw revealed to the club’s website that he “is on track” to make a return for the new season following hip surgery.
As revealed by Football Insider, domestic football in the UK looks set for a June restart – at the earliest – giving the likes of Forshaw and Augustin time to potentially recover.
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